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Posted: 6/15/2014 1:18:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/15/2014 2:06:59 PM EDT
Lots of derp everywhere in that article: the Pentagon, contractors, congress, two presidential administrations, even the author.

"Fly, then buy" is a maxim in the defense and aerospace fields, meaning that customers should wait until a complicated new system has been rigorously tested before purchasing.

With GMD, the government's approach was the opposite: "Buy, then fly."

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LOL. I can't think of a time we've done that in my whole life. Does the author expect Boeing to just build an entire ICBM defense system, hoping the whole time that the US government will purchase the finished product?!
Link Posted: 6/15/2014 2:25:26 PM EDT
Honestly, it sounds like as return to the 1950s and 1960s methods of procurement and concurrent development. Not that those were completely bad systems, just cost intensive in favor of rapidly fielding a minimally capable system followed by a series of improvements to the fielded systems.
Link Posted: 6/16/2014 4:06:00 PM EDT
The problems with GMD test failures have been known for years. I can't say more than that for Opsec - but fuck Raytheon. At least the part of Raytheon that does the *********. The guys doing the radars are pretty decent folks.
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